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Larsson-Danforth and Hart Earn Ivy League Weekly Honors

Trygg Larsson-Danforth (Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Trygg Larsson-Danforth (Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the third time in three weeks of action, the Yale baseball team is well represented in the Ivy League Weekly Awards. This week, senior first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth takes home co-Ivy League Player of the Week honors, while junior left-handed pitcher Brook Hart claims his second Rookie of the Week nod of the young season. Larsson-Danforth shares his weekly laurel with Penn’s Dan Williams.

Larsson-Danforth caught fire at the plate this past week, hitting .474 with three home runs and 11 RBI in five games for the Bulldogs. The 6’6” lefty added two doubles to his three roundtrippers to post a slugging percentage of 1.053 and also drew five walks to tally a .583 on-base percentage. Larsson-Danforth, a 2009 All-Ivy first team honoree, rounded out his week with seven runs scored and a stolen base while turning in an errorless showing at first base. The senior’s best outing came in game two of Friday’s doubleheader at Hartford, crushing two home runs- including a grand slam- and driving in six runs as the Bulldogs’ rallied to a 12-6 win. For the season, Larsson-Danforth owns or shares the team lead in batting average (.444), slugging percentage (.796), hits (24), RBI (22), home runs (4) and total bases (43).

Hart was nearly unhittable in a complete-game shutout victory at Hartford on Saturday. The rookie southpaw allowed just two hits in the seven-inning contest, striking out eight batters without issuing a walk. Hart retired the final 12 Hawks’ batters he faced to wrap up his second win of the season. He is 2-0 with a team-best 2.70 earned run average on the season. Hart also earned Rookie of the Week honors after getting the win on opening day for the Bulldogs at UMBC on March 7.

Yale is back in action tomorrow for a non-conference tilt at Connecticut. First pitch from J.O. Christian Field in Storrs, Conn. is scheduled for 3 p.m.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity